Nikki Oleson serves as Operations Manager and an instructor for CRSMT. She is an avid traveler, massage therapist, yoga teacher and bodywork instructor. Since graduating from the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy many years ago, she has owned and operated a therapeutic massage therapy practice in Newport, OR while teaching annual Thai Yoga Massage retreats in Thailand and Bali. With a Bachelor of Science in Pre Physical Therapy from Western Washington University, 4 years of recreational guiding experience in the North Cascades and 4 years of teaching workshops and retreats internationally, Nikki infuses her teaching with a dynamic, holistic approach to health and wellness that explores ones individual capacity for healing. Her teaching is based on the same principle; that each student has a unique educational experience when learning new material. Her diverse background allows her to tap into a variety of teaching techniques that support and facilitate a warm, comfortable learning environment for her students.
Beverley Giroud serves as the Academic Director for CRSMT. Beverley discovered a love of teaching and a passion for the industry while earning her massage therapy certificate in 1998. She became an instructor in 1999 and has been volunteering on a national level throughout her career. She served on and chaired the NCBTMB’s Exam Development Committee for 10 years and has been serving as a COMTA Commissioner since 2012. Beverley’s extensive experience in private practice as well as many hours of interaction with other professionals in and out of the classroom provides a wealth of learning experiences to share. She is also the author of “Ethics and Professionalism for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers”. She strives for excellence in the academic standards at CRSMT and works closely with instructors to impart solid foundational knowledge and skills while allowing students to develop their own unique and creative bodywork styles.
Art Walker’s private practice focuses on family care and sports injuries and relies heavily on his team of massage therapists. He co-founded Complementary Healthcare Plans, a network of northwest chiropractic and naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Since retiring from active practice, he has certified hundreds of massage therapists in the use of Gua Sha tools for neuromuscular practice. He is a certified NCBTMB instructor. A running enthusiast, Art has 65 marathons to his credit including a marathon in every state and DC. He has taught basic mountaineering, cross country skiing and instructor training for the Mazamas, a northwest climbing club. He has been part of the CRSMT team for 6 years.
Vickie Torrey, MBA, MHA, LMBT, is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with 26 years experience in therapeutic massage and over 26 years experience as a Counselor/Certified Social Worker. Ms. Torrey has previously served as Director of Education for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), taught massage and movement for Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, and wrote for the Charlotte Post a monthly newspaper column entitled “Hands On Health,” that focused on massage, bodywork and mind-body psychology. She began teaching in 1987 when she founded Lighten Up Holistic Health Services, an international health and training agency that offers classes in self-care, stress reduction and integrative touch therapies. She received her certification in Medical Massage for the Cancer Patient from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York. Vickie is passionate about teaching Oncology Massage and helping caregivers reclaim their inner joy. She is the author of an ebook of daily healing affirmations entitled: Live! Love! Heal! Abundant Life Affirmations and Joy Bringers—Celebrate the Joy in Each Moment! She teaches classes in Hot Stone, Intuitive, and Oncology Massage in Brazil, Costa Rica, and the US. Vickie is currently a faculty member at Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in Samara Beach, Costa Rica where she teaches Ethics and Communications and Oncology Massage. Her classes are taught in an upbeat, fun and caring atmosphere.
Mark DuMars has been in and around sports medicine in one form or another for over 40 years. He spent 10 years as a combat medic with Navy and Marine Corps Special Forces, was the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the New Hampshire Athletic Trainers Assn., and worked with the Mets, the Jets and the Rangers as a Sports Medicine/Orthopedic Physician Assistant at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. His undergraduate work was in Physical Anthropology and Primate Ethology (comparative reflexive behavior) at San Diego State University, and his graduate work, at Weill-Cornell Medical College, was in Exercise Physiology. Mark has a number of certifications, memberships and associations through NASCM, ACSM, NATA, APPA, NATA, NCBTMB, AMTA, etc., and has over 2400 hours in cadaveral dissection alone. He has been teaching structural anatomy, kinesiology, and complementary therapies to fledgling massage therapists for the last 11 years.
Dr. Lou Walters is a board-certified naturopathic physician. He earned his medical degree from The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is also board-certified in Applied Kinesiology. As a holistic family physician, Dr. Walters specializes in treating people not diseases. The focus of his practice is to go beyond the symptoms and treat the deeper source of the issue by balancing the person’s structural, nutritional, and mental-emotional health. He also works with people who want to optimize their health and prevent developing chronic diseases. Dr. Walters is very passionate about helping people reach and maintain higher levels of health and wellness. When he is not teaching or running his private practice in Bozeman, he can be found in the rivers and mountains of Montana.
Sandra K. Anderson has a BA, and certification in massage therapy, shiatsu, and Thai massage. She has been a bodywork educator for 20 years. Currently, in addition to seeing clients, Sandra is author of The Practice of Shiatsu and Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Stretching. She is also co-author, with Patricia M. Holland, of Chair Massage and Communication & Ethics for Bodywork Practitioners, co-author, with Ann L. Mihina, of Natural Spa and Hydrotherapy, and co-author, with Jean’e L. Freeman of Career Longevity: The Bodywork Practitioner’s Guide to Wellness & Body Mechanics. Sandra also creates and conducts continuing education workshops in Western and Asian bodywork techniques. She is a consultant for massage therapy and bodywork education programs, and reviews and edits bodywork education materials.
Rick Robinette has been a massage therapist in Texas since 1985, and an instructor since 1986. During that time, he has taught all aspects of basic and advanced massage programs. Rick has attended over 1000 hours of continuing education, primarily involving: musculoskeletal anatomy, soft tissue injuries and conditions, and pressure-mediated manual therapy techniques. During the past 10 years, it has been his privilege to log in more than 500 hours of private human dissection, a necessary preparation to teaching advanced anatomy workshops and classes. Rick Robinette is the author of “Trigger Point Therapy”, a textbook on a massage therapy approach to pain management, published by Pearson Health Science for massage therapy students and practitioners. When not teaching, he is busy with a variety of writing projects, including: Web sites and other online content, additional health-related books, and articles.
Students who have the opportunity to study with Alicia Berg benefit from the wealth of knowledge she has accumulated from over 22 years in the holistic health field. In addition to enjoying a successful private practice in Santa Rosa, California, she has taught deep tissue muscle sculpting and clinical applications, and various forms of movement such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong and educational kinesiology. While Alicia is well versed in the intricacies of many massage and healing modalities, she is particularly fascinated with CranioSacral Therapy (CST). She trained with her mentor, Dorothy Mahrie, HHP, who directly trained with Dr. John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M, the founding father of CranioSacral Therapy. Alicia is very excited to share her understanding and expertise of CranioSacral Therapy with her students. Her passionate curiosity for the human body from the holistic perspective is contagious.
Michele Camille, BS, LMT, is a licensed oncology massage therapist, body worker, certified awareness trainer, health coach and consultant. She has completed an intensive hospital-based oncology massage program, as well as advanced training in oncological massage. She holds a B.S. in marketing, with minors in Spanish and psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Her journey has included twenty-five years in the healthcare industry, most recently as an executive in drug development research. She loved working with teams on the development of pharmaceutical compounds, yet always knew that there was an important component of patient care missing from her work; the holistic impact on health that is attuned to the body’s innate inclination to heal and be well. Believing strongly in the profound roles of inner healing and self-care in wellness, she left her corporate position several years ago to continue her studies in holistic modalities and coaching. Her family and friends have been impacted by cancer for decades. With great honor for the depth of courage that all who are touched by cancer face, she has founded Oncology Massages Associates, LLC. Her hope is that she can significantly enhance and impact the wellness journey of each person she is honored to work with.
Samantha Saladino holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University, has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004 and is a certified yoga teacher. Her comprehensive massage training includes Shiatsu, neuromuscular repatterning, myofascial, pre- and post-natal, lymphatic, deep tissue, and trigger point therapy. She recently began training in cranial sacral therapy. She has extensive experience working with injury and rehabilitation, buttressed by her clinical and sports massage training. Samantha has gained over 1000 hours of clinical experience working in an occupational health clinic, under the guidance of Dr. Karen Weisman, MD. She also spent several years working as a doula and assisting women in childbirth using massage, herbs and breathing techniques. She has studied herbal medicine with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, and worked as a clinical herbalist, growing and collecting wildcrafted herbs to produce plant medicine. She has taught musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, pathology, body mechanics, and massage technique in various massage schools, doula trainings and yoga teacher trainings.
Kay Rynerson, Licensed Massage Practioner and Registered Thai Therapist, graduated from Seattle Massage School in 1988 and subsequently studied in Thailand and received her teaching certificate in Chiang Mai for Traditional Massage of Thailand. She maintains a private practice offering many different modalities including Thai massage, table massage, Barefoot Body Bliss, advanced myofascial work, spa treatments and more. She teaches classes and workshops internationally.
Holly has owned a massage clinic in Newport, Oregon for the past 12 years. She loves living by the Pacific Ocean and, and as a result is especially enthralled with how the body, particularly in relation to the lymphatic system, uses fluid to heal. She specializes in working with lymphedema/cancer patients as well as those with any type of inflammation, ranging from pre/post surgery swelling to chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis. Holly feels that learning is a lifetime endeavor. She recently took this philosophy literally, as a 2013 graduate from Oregon State University with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Nutrition. Having experience in both a hospital setting as well as in private practice, Holly feels strongly that the field of massage therapy has an integral place in combining holistic and mainstream health.
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